The Curious Case of Vanishing Lady Liberty; Only Gold and Silver Remember Her

The Curious Case of Vanishing Lady Liberty; Only Gold and Silver Remember Her
by Guy Christopher
Posted July 23, 2016

Lady LibertyThe very first word anyone ever saw on a circulating United States coin was the word “LIBERTY.” From half-cents to silver dollars, each featured the likeness of an unnamed woman. The images varied, thanks to different engravers, but together they became recognized as Lady Liberty. Many, maybe most, of young America’s citizens were illiterate. “Liberty” may have been the first word they ever learned to read. If not, they surely knew her face. The Revolutionary War for them was not ancient history.

The Founding Fathers knew all gold, silver, and copper is sound money and didn’t mind that American coinage circulated alongside colonial and foreign coins depicting kings and queens. But Lady Liberty alone belonged to the United States. Her anonymous image spoke plainly to a cornerstone of human freedom – private wealth – in your hands, belonging to you, no counter-party strings attached. More…

The Illusion of Truth Cognitive Dissonance and Denial

The Illusion of Truth Cognitive Dissonance and Denial
By Terry Sneller
Posted July 19, 2016

transnational corporate powerIt seems to me, that there are WAY too many of us who need to do some self-evaluation, regarding where we stand with what we currently perceive as our “truths.” Are we earnestly seeking out sources of truth that have consistent and proven records of integrity — regardless of how misaligned their truths may seem from our own? Do we bravely, honestly and diligently burrow down into ourselves to accept and expand on proven and/or known truths — which we may then have to painfully use to modify or even replace our out-of-date or false misconceptions?

Is it any wonder that these aspects of truth, cognitive dissonance and denial — which have taken hold of so many of us at the personal level — could indeed have deep and damaging ramifications on a national and international scale? How can it be possible that the angst which possibly millions of us experience daily, on a personal level, NOT be reflected among ourselves nationally — as well as throughout the world? More…

Governments Change, the Corporatocracy Endures

Governments Change, the Corporatocracy Endures
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted July 14, 2016

corporatocracy enduresOne little-remarked consequence of the central banks’ policies of near-zero interest rates and quantitative easing is the unrivaled dominance of mobile global capital, i.e. the Corporatocracy. The source of corporate political power is the ability to borrow essentially unlimited sums for next to nothing: what I have long termed free money for financiers.

Armed with central-bank supplied unlimited credit, global capital can outbid local residents and businesses. Over time, profitable enterprises and assets end up in corporate hands. More…

Here’s How to Rethink the Corporation

Here’s How to Rethink the Corporation
By Susan Holmberg and Mark Schmitt
Posted July 11, 2016

people before profits protestWe won’t fix the problem until we address the nature of the corporation.

Rarely, does the press coverage go beyond the moral symbolism of a new Gilded Age. Coverage of CEO pay usually fails to show that the scale of CEO pay packages—and the way CEOs are paid—comes at a cost. At the most basic level, the company is choosing to pay executives instead of doing other things—distributing revenues to shareholders, raising wages for workers, or reinvesting in the business. But the greater cost may be the risky behavior that very high pay encourages CEOs to engage in, especially when pay is tied to short-term corporate performance. CEO pay also plays a major role in the broader trend toward radical inequality—a trend that, evidence has shown, precipitates financial instability in turn.

CEO pay has been controversial in the United States for more than a century—for as long as corporate management has been a profession separate from ownership. In economic booms, CEO pay skyrockets and, after the inevitable bust, it attracts attention. More…

Neofeudalism and Peasants with Pitchforks: Corporate Power Destroys Democracy

Neofeudalism and Peasants with Pitchforks: Corporate Power Destroys Democracy
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted July 7, 2016

where can the peasants get grievences addressed?In the present era of corporate dominance, where can serfs go to demand redress and financial freedom from the neofeudal system? Nowhere.The global corporations that own the land and the productive assets have no castle that can be stormed; they exist in an abstract financial world of stock shares, buybacks, bonds, lobbyists and political influence.

When the agribusiness corporation fouls the local water supply with animal waste, where do the local peasantry go to demand restoration of their water quality? The corporation? What if the headquarters are thousands of miles away? More…

A Conspiracy Theory that became a “Conspiracy Fact”: The CIA, Afghanistan’s Poppy Fields and America’s Growing Heroin Epidemic

A Conspiracy Theory that became a “Conspiracy Fact”: The CIA, Afghanistan’s Poppy Fields and America’s Growing Heroin Epidemic
By Timothy Alexander Guzman
Posted July 4, 2016

protecting the poppy fieldsThe Taliban banned the production of opium in 2000. The War in Afghanistan was mainly about producing opium which did end up in the streets of Iran, Russia and China. According to a Pravda report in 2015 by William Edstrom titled ‘Heroin Dealer in Chief. Afghanistan, Source of 90% of The World’s Heroin’ stated the impact of Afghanistan’s opium production on neighboring countries:

Afghanistan, source of 90% of Earth’s heroin, ended 90% of Earth’s heroin problems when Taliban outlawed opium in 2000. The reason for War in Afghanistan was because Taliban outlawed opium growing which ended economic wars (opium wars) against Iran, Russia and China. The heroin epidemic is now affecting cities and towns across the U.S. and Edstrom estimates that 165,000 American’s will die from the heroin epidemic in the next 10 years. More…

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Citizens United ruling effectively legalized bribery

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Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for President or being elected President. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. Senators and congress members.

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